(Reuters) – Everton manager Frank Lampard has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) for the comments he made after his team lost 2-0 away to Merseyside rivals Liverpool last month.
Lampard criticised referee Stuart Attwell after he did not award a penalty for a challenge on Everton’s Anthony Gordon, with the manager suggesting that the spot kick would have been given if the challenge had been made on a Liverpool player.
“It is alleged that the manager’s comments constitute improper conduct as they imply bias and/or attack the integrity of the match referee – or referees generally – and/or bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1,” the FA said on Wednesday.
Lampard, whose team are in the relegation zone, has until May 9 to respond to the FA.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)